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Near the forks, a red
oak 26 inches in diameter had come
down in
the same
storm.
But as I
moved closer to
look at the tree, I spotted one of the loveliest
wetland-loving
wildflowers
of August and
September - a
turtlehead. As I
approached our
home, I reviewed
the immense black
locust that had toppled in the storm,
barely missing our house. I heard it
crack while sitting in our sunroom and
watched it fall.
The heavy rains that often accompany
the increased destructive winds Pennsylvania now experiences have turned our
vernal pond into a permanent pond in the
oak and black-cherry forest atop Sapsucker Ridge. Hundreds of wood frogs
return to it, and the two smaller ponds
there each spring, to court and lay egg
masses. But a week earlier, I also spotted
a green frog here, its dark brown head
and long nose, and large, bulbous eyes
rimmed in orange and white, watching
me from the algae-covered water.
Still, we've lost so much over the
nearly 50 years we've lived here. Our
last forest-dwelling American elm succumbed four years ago to the so-called
"Dutch" elm disease, which, in reality,
came from an Asian fungus Ceratocystis ulmi. Elm seeds were favored by
ruffed grouse, wood ducks, squirrels
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Red-eyed Vireo

and opossums, and
every spring, a porcupine
nibbled on our elm's buds and
flowers.
Now most of our ash trees are
dead or dying from still another pest
from northeast Asia, the emerald ash
borer, which first was discovered in
Michigan in the summer of 2002. Ashes
also produce seeds wildlife eats.
And because of our wet, sometimes
too-cold springs, for the second year in
a row, our acorn crop was sparse. Even
the scrub oaks on the powerline right-ofway had no acorns. Our wild grapevines
and black cherries again had no fruit.
Even our blackberry crop was sparse.
On the other hand, our American bittersweet draped itself over four tall trees
at the edge of First Field and was covered
with orange berries, and our "pokeweed
forest" above the spruce grove was laden
with fruit.
But it still was not enough to entice
our fruit-loving birds to overwinter.
I can only hope for better crops for
wildlife this year.
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